Newcastle chances of signing striker rise thanks to gentleman’s agreement
Newcastle United were yesterday reported to be keen on bringing in Dame N’Doye this summer.
The striker is a Senegal teammate of Papiss Cisse and on Friday, the Chronicle revealed that N’Doye had been spending time on Tyneside staying with the Newcastle forward as he is interested in joining United in the summer.
Today, the local press in Hull have now revealed that Dame N’Doye has a gentleman’s agreement with Steve Bruce.
The striker only joined in January but was promised by the Hull manager that he would be allowed to move if the Tigers were relegated.
N’Doye was desperate to play in the Premier League and took a significant paycut when joining from Locomotiv Moscow, a bargain £2m signing that almost helped keep Hull up at our expense.
At 30 years of age he is obviously way beyond Newcastle’s usual age ceiling on players, but recent days have seen press claims that Mike Ashley has accepted that if United are to realistically do the business they need to do this summer, they may have to be more flexible in their approach to the transfer market.
Starting only 13 matches for Hull, N’Doye’s 5 goals have strongly suggested he can do the business in the Premier League.
United had been regularly linked with the striker over the last few years and he has outstanding goal stats at his previous two clubs in weaker leagues before moving to Humberside.
Making 175 starts for Lokomotiv Moscow and FC Kopenhagen combined, Dame N’Doye scored 105 goals in all competitions.
The Hull striker surely looks well worth a try compared to the likes of Emmanuel Riviere who has looked hopelessly out of his depth and whose only Premier League goal over the course of a whole season was through a fluke against QPR.
Likewise, the £3m or so in loan fee and wages that was wasted on Facundo Ferreyra who didn’t even kick a ball in anger for Newcastle for a whole season on loan.
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